No matter how much selfish interest might threaten to derail democracy, its ideals endure over the ages

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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is credited with the saying: “What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.” Watching recent events in the US while living in an emerging democracy on the African continent, one has had no choice but to hope that this is both true and not true at the same time.

For months after losing the election to his challenger former Vice-President Joseph R. Biden, Donald J. Trump not only refused to acknowledge his loss, but went to great lengths to allege…


Zimbabweans are not telling their own stories

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Chamisa premiers on Hollywood box office!” announces The Zimbabwe Mail, speaking about “The President”, a documentary by someone called Camilla Nielsson, about Nelson Chamisa’s doomed 2018 Presidential election. She is not Zimbabwean, this Camilla. This, is relevant. The Zimbabwe Mail says, at one point:

With standards so low, a complete overhaul is needed, and it’s not about to arrive via the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), one of the villains of the piece. Mnangagwa appoints Priscilla Chigumba to head the government-run body, and Nielsson’s camera presents her as a silent Maleficent-like presence, her face surrounded elaborate coifs as the ZEC…

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